What is Animal Sciences?
Students who study Animal Sciences learn the science and the business of turning animals into food. From breeding and raising to management and processing, animal science majors become farm animal experts. This major can often serve as a preveterinary program.
Is Animal Sciences a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Do you love, I mean really love animals? Are you comfortable spending lots of time with animals, and maybe even dissecting some? Are you good at math and science? Are you a strong communicator? Are you interested in agriculture? If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then a degree in Animal Science might be for you!
High School Classes Needed for an Animal Sciences Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- 4 Math Credits
- 4 Lab Science Credits
- 3 Social Studies Credits
- 2 Foreign Language Credits
- If your high school offers any of the following courses, take advantage!
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus
- If 4H or FFA is available in your community, take advantage!
Common Animal Sciences Courses in College:
- Animal Breeding
- Animal Health
- Animal Physiology
- Animal Reproduction
- Artificial Insemination
- Beef Production
- Feeds and Feeding
- Meat Product Processing
- Poultry Production
- Sheep Production
- Swine Production
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- Agricultural Economics: the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of agricultural products
- Farm Management: a course of study that prepares students to manage farms
- Food Science: a course of study that explores the planting and harvesting, the raising and slaughtering, and the processing, packaging, and shipping of foods
- Parks and Recreations: a course of study that explores how and why people interact with the outdoors, and how to manage these people and natural resources
- Sustainable Agriculture: a branch of agriculture study that focuses on conserving and protecting natural resources while producing healthy food
- Wildlife and Wilderness Management: a course of study that combines all of the sciences to manage plants and animals
- Zoology: the scientific study of animals
Animal Sciences Careers:
Students who major in animal sciences have many options. They can go on to work on, own, and/or manage farms. They can go to work for Cooperative Extension. Some go to work in agricultural sales. Some go into research. Still others go on to veterinary school.